Vanessa Wood

  • MI License #: 7501005665
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“The best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet.” ~Wayne Fields

I grew up in a very holistic family so natural therapies have always been a large part of my life, between what kind of health care my family would receive to my family making natural personal care products using only the best ingredients and essential oils. 

Since a very young age, when I knew someone wasn't feeling well, perhaps they had a bad headache, whenever I could I would work on their neck and shoulders, or back. I also would try to help them feel better through the use of reflexology...

I grew up in a very holistic family so natural therapies have always been a large part of my life, between what kind of health care my family would receive to my family making natural personal care products using only the best ingredients and essential oils. 

Since a very young age, when I knew someone wasn't feeling well, perhaps they had a bad headache, whenever I could I would work on their neck and shoulders, or back. I also would try to help them feel better through the use of reflexology when I knew they had something specifically more internal going on. I began hearing more and more people gratefully informing me that I had helped them. This made me feel so deeply good that I did not have to think about what I was going to do for my career. I was too young to go to massage school but I started looking into massage schools and found the one I wanted to attend. I called up the school and expressed my firm resolve to attend their school. The instructor/owner was on the Michigan board of massage therapy and licensing at the time and told me that if I could get myself to class, I could attend that school.

I began working little odd jobs like chores for people and babysitting so I could save up for a car and to pay my way through school and as soon as I was old enough I got my driver's license and bought my first car and immediately got myself enrolled into the Institute of Natural Therapies out of Houghton-Hancock. 

I was able to attend the coming semester. I graduated at 16 years old and then accepted one of two job offers on graduation day, which was taking over a massage practice at a chiropractic office over an hour from home. 
My parents encouraged me to take this job and I was able to find a very small home near my new job that I could afford to live in alone. I spent the next seven years working out of a chiropractic clinic and tailoring all of my massages to very specific needs of patients. Working in the chiropractic environment was like 7 years of continuing education because I worked so closely with the doctors and their patients. 

I have continued to work with massage therapy clients to address very specific physical issues that they are experiencing, whether recent issues or chronic issues, tailoring each session to their needs. I feel that it is very important to strike a balance between therapeutic and still being able to relax. I specialize in deep tissue therapy mainly, but I have found that what this means is different for each individual and therefore I work on that level for each treatment. 

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My Services
Licenses
Massage

MI # 7501005665

Education
2005

Institute of Natural Therapies

Massage Therapy

2009

Ashiatsu Institute

Ashiatsu Massage

Experience
Acupuncture

Acupoint Aromatherapy

Completed three levels of training in Acupoint Aromatherapy. Acupoint aromatherapy is the integration of essential oils, applied topically, to the traditional acupuncture points of the body.

REVIEWS for my massage services

by Anonymous on May 16
I was a bit unprepared for my 1st deep tissue massage. There were knots in my neck that made me want to scream. Vanessa was very attentive and though I am sore today, I will be returning for further work.
by Rachelle on May 15
Very professional, relaxing environment. Vanessa does everything to make sure I feel safe, comfortable and free of pain. She has a very calming presence.
by CYNTHIA on Apr 11
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by Anonymous on Apr 05
I was blown away by Vanessa's skill. I scheduled a 90 minute relaxation massage wanted to just disconnect from life for a little bit. The massage was extremely relaxing but Vanessa also incorporated some extra focus with therapeutic techniques to address some of the issues I told her about before we began. I am extremely impressed with how much she was able to address in our time together while still feeling completely relaxed and renewed at the end. Vanessa said the entire team takes a similar approach. Can't wait for my next session!
by Blake on Apr 03
Vanessa made me feel comfortable and relaxed even though massages are a little out of my normal comfort zone. She answered my questions very thoroughly and I am looking forward to making another appointment (or 2) with her before I deliver my baby!
by Kimberly on Mar 08
First time with Vanessa. She was wonderful!
by Lee on Mar 05
Vanessa is a top notch therapist. My experience with Vanessa was stellar!
by Dan on Feb 26
I googled, " massage therapy near me", this was the closest place and Vanessa had the first open appointment. Lucky for me all the way around, couldn't have worked out any better. Went in one time, felt much better than I had in a long time... bought a 4 pack the next day. Vanessa asked questions and focused her work in the most effective manner.